Originally Posted by asjordan
Could it be possible that when I pulled the old yoke that some of the shims came out with it (ie. stuck to it) and I did not know it or see them? If so, how do I know how many shims to replace because the old yoke is long gone.
I agree with the other two guys on this... Tightness on the nut shouldn't change it. Since it does, tighten that sucker up and see if hitting the pinion square between the yoke or hitting the yoke sides won't loosen it up a bit.
Also, before you put the new yoke on, make sure you use some assembly lube on the seal/yoke.
No, loosing the shims isn't possible - unless you took the bearing out, too. From outside in you have...
As for torque on the nut, I believe spec is 200 ftlbs. I'll also use red loctite on a new nut, as well.